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    Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines

    These Guidelines tell us how much of the copyrighted material we can use without violating copyright laws. The Guidelines covertext, data, illustrations, photographs, movies, plays, TV shows, videos, music, lyrics and downloading from the Internet.  Students and teachers creating educational materials must follow the guidelines and remember to cite the authors of any work they copy.  

     Text and Data

    You can use up to 10%, but no more than 1000 words, of essays, articles, or stories, of a single copyrighted work.

    • You can use up to 250 words of an entire poem, or a portion of a poem.
    • You may not use more than 3 poems or portions of poems by one poet, or by different poets in the same book.
    • You may use up to 10%, but no more than 2500 fields or cells, from a database or data table.

    Illustrations and Photographs

    • You may use a single photograph or illustration.
    • You may not use more than 5 images by a single artist or photographer.
    • You may use up to 10%, but no more than 15 images, from a single publication.
    • You may use a single chart, graph, diagram, cartoon, or picture from a book or magazine.

    Movies, Plays, TV Shows, Videos, Music and Lyrics

    • You cannot change or alter the work.
    • You may use up to 10%, but no more than 3 minutes, of a single movie, TV show or video.
    • You may use up to 10%, but no more than 30 seconds, of music and lyrics from a single musical work.
    • You must purchase performance rights to hold a live performance of a copyrighted work.

    Downloading from the Internet

    • You cannot copy information from one Internet website onto another website.
    • You can create a link to another website.
    • You can use information from the Internet in multimedia presentations

     Adapted from Independent School District of Boise City and Little Memorial Library